Verizon Cameraphone Comparison Q4 2009
In each of the test categories we gave the six phones a different rating. The first place phone brings 6 points, 5 points for the second place, 4 points for third place, 3 points for the fourth place, 2 points for the fifth place, and 1 point for sixth place.
We believe that the Motorola DROID takes the best real-world images and award it 1st place, as it earned a total of 24 points. All of the images were properly exposed, sharp, and in-focus, with colors being neutral and not over-saturated. The Auto White Balance also performed the best out of the tested phones, which is why indoor images had accurate colors. For night images you just have to remember to select the “night portrait” mode for them to come out their best.
The HTC Imagio comes in at 2nd place with 18 points. Most images were almost as good as the DROID, but colors were a bit over-saturated at times, making them look unnatural.
The LG enV Touch slightly beats out the Rogue for 3rd place and with 13 points. Outside images are good, but it also suffers from colors being over saturated. The enV Touch also doesn’t do as good a job with night images as the DROID and Imagio. The Macro images were the worst out of the bunch, but this is an area where most people don’t use the camera that often.
Coming in a close 4th is the Samsung Rogue, also with 13 points, but the Rogue doesn’t do as well with daytime, nighttime, and inside images as the enV Touch. Though the Rogue does better with Macro images.
The HTC DROID ERIS comes in at 5th place with 10 points. This is because most of the images don’t look sharp and appear slightly blurry, as well as having the worst color matching and auto white balance out of the six phones.
The Samsung Omnia II comes in last at 6th place and with 6 points, as its outside images had poor color matching, were over exposed, and had purple fringing. Inside images also had problems with the auto white balance under varying artificial light, and night images were blurry.
With each new cameraphone comparison review we’ve see a slow progression to better quality images, but unfortunately we still haven’t arrived with a real all-in-one replacement for a traditional digital camera. So what does this mean to the consumer? Simply that a cameraphone, such as the Motorola DROID, does take good quality pictures…for a cameraphone…and that it still by no means will replace your Canon or Nikon camera. It would be nice if phone manufactures would place more importance on having a good quality camera integrated with the phone, then just considering it as an afterthought. What we need to see happen is for cameraphones to have larger sensors (which gather more light), have higher quality optics, and better software. Until then, most people will continue to rely on traditional digital cameras for capturing their important photos.
Motorola DROID Review
HTC Imagio Review
LG enV Touch Review
Samsung Rogue Review
HTC DROID ERIS Review
Samsung Omnia II Review